How to Minimize Potential for Trouble in a Two-Dog HouseholdMonday, June 20th, 2016, 12:36 am
We all melt when we see fuzzy little puppies cuddling and running about with their littermates. “How cute it would to have a couple sister or brother pups” you think. Soon enough, you have two new furry family members...and usually a whole lot of trouble! We discussed how adopting litter-mates or two dogs at the same time spells trouble in our last blog, noting that when raised together, pups tend to become over-attached to each other and bond much less strongly with their human families.
There are things that can be done to minimize the negative impact, but it requires a lot of extra work on the part of the family. The puppies need to spend as much time as possible apart so they can learn how to function confidently in the world on their own. This means separate walks, training sessions, playtime, mealtimes, and being crated in separate parts of the house. They should be taken on outings individually to the vet, groomer, pet store, parks, etc. And all of this really defeats the purpose most people have in mind when adopting siblings!
If you would like to have two dogs, the better way to go about it is to focus your attention on the first puppy until it is at least a year old before adding a second puppy. Or consider adopting an older dog first and, once it is settled into the household, then add a puppy. These options will give you a much better chance at having two well-adjusted family companions who get along together.
The other thing to consider here is that 2 puppies is not just 1 puppy plus 1 puppy. 2 puppies is exponentially more chaos and work for you. Ponder carefully before you pop for 2 puppies!
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